California student bus crash – 10 killed, 30 injured in collision with FedEx truck

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The Los Angeles Times reports that the death toll in a head-on collision between a FedEx truck and a bus full of Los Angeles-area high school students rose to 10 early Friday.

The victims included five students, three adult chaperons, the driver of the truck and the driver of the bus, a California Highway Patrol dispatcher told The Times.

Update from Humboldt State:  Families of students who may have been affected may contact University Police for more information or guidance at (707) 826-5555. 

Humboldt has also has set up an information line: (707) 826-6327. The line is primarily for parents, families & others who need information.

HSU President Rollin Richmond & a small group of HSU staff went to the Chico area in order to personally visit injured students & families.

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Humboldt State University is continuing to assist families and work closely with investigators looking into the crash of a charter bus carrying students to the April 11 Spring Preview event.

Humboldt State has done an outstanding job of keeping parents and their community updated via their emergency website and social media accounts; current updates:

  • There were three buses carrying students. Two were from the Los Angeles area and one was from the Fresno area.
  • One bus, from the Los Angeles area, was involved in the accident. The other two have made it to HSU.
  • HSU is providing support and counseling to the students on the two buses that have arrived at campus. The students have been placed in residence halls on campus. The university is also working diligently to provide information and updates to families.
  • HSU President Rollin C. Richmond and a small group of HSU staff are en route to the Chico area in order to personally visit with injured students and families.
  • HSU is coordinating with Red Cross, which is on the scene and assisting with housing and other needs.
  • HSU is coordinating closely with CHP, as well as with colleagues at California State University, Chico.

A FedEx truck crossed a median and slammed head-on into a bus carrying students in Northern California, killing 10 people, authorities said Friday.

The collision Thursday evening killed both drivers, five students and three chaperones, said Lt. Bruce Carpenter with the California Highway Patrol.

The crash resulted in a fire that engulfed the truck and bus in flames, spewing black smoke into the sky.

The State Highway Patrol said the bus and truck were on opposite sides of the freeway when the truck crossed a grass median and slammed into the bus, causing an explosion and fire.

Investigators say the truck driver might have been trying to avoid a passenger car that was also involved in the crash.

The crash happened a little after 5:30 p.m. on Interstate 5 near Orland, a small city about 100 miles north of Sacramento.

The bus was one of two that the admissions office at Humboldt State University had chartered to bring prospective students from Southern California to tour the Arcata campus, Humboldt’s Vice President of Administrative Affairs Joyce Lopes said.

The bus was owned by Silverado Stages, a tour bus company based in San Luis Obisbo. The company said in a statement on its website Thursday night that it was assisting authorities in gathering information.

“Our top priority is making sure that the injured are being cared for,” Silverado Stages said.

Humboldt State’s President Rollin Richmond issued a statement on the school’s website. “Our hearts go out to those who have been affected, and we are here to support them, and their families, in any way possible,” Richmond said.

Bonnie Kourvelas, a FedEx spokeswoman, said in a statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the tragic accident on I-5 in California. We are cooperating fully with authorities as they investigate.”

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Background on HSU’s Preview Plus Program

Students involved in Thursday’s crash were traveling to Humboldt State University with the Preview Plus program.

The 20 year old program, funded by HSU, brings low-income and first-generation prospective college students from the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas to HSU’s campus.

Students in the program visit campus for two days and stay in campus residence halls. On the first day, students attend the annual Spring Preview event with other prospective students. On Saturday, they visit with staff and students from the campus Educational Opportunity Program, which helps historically underrepresented students achieve their academic, personal, and career goals.

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List of High Schools Involved in Bus Accident

The following is a list of High Schools from the Los Angeles-area had students involved with the Thursday April 11 bus crash in Orland, Calif.

La Sierra High
Adolfo Camarillo High
Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Tech
Ulysses S. Grant Senior High
Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High
Oxnard High
Century High
Eastside High
John C. Fremont Senior High
El Monte High
West Ranch High
School for the Visual Arts and
Environmental Charter
Manual Arts Senior High
Burroughs High
Mayfair High
Phineas Banning Senior High
Carson Senior High
Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academy
California Academy of Mathematics
Pacifica High
Pioneer High
Century High
Animo Inglewood Charter High
Phineas Banning Senior High
Norte Vista High
Alliance Media Arts and Entert
Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High
Renaissance Arts Academy
Polytechnic High
Valhalla High
Gompers Preparatory Academy
Animo Inglewood Charter High
Woodrow Wilson Senior High
Middle College High
Woodrow Wilson Senior High
Palm Desert High
Animo Jackie Robinson Charter
Downey High
Loara High
Marshall Fundamental
Norte Vista High
Pomona Senior High

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